I have been back at work for several months now, part time. I got what I needed for the first day in the days before I started back (when LO was 7 months) and then just pump for the next day. So, I never really have had a freezer stash (just what I pump on a Wednesday for Monday).
Anyway, LO is now 13 months old. I am off work for nearly 3 weeks for the holidays but I need to be away for most of one day (working hours--not the WHOLE day) and then will need to start back to work, as usual on the 7th of January. The problem? For various reasons, I only have about 150ml in the freezer. As of my last day before the holidays, LO takes anywhere from 250-300ml depending on what time I leave for work.
I hate pumping (don't we all?) and am not at all confident that I could make up the extra mls in the next few days anyway (before the one day I am away). I could probably pump to get what I need for my first day of work, if I did a little every day.
Anyway, what I'm wondering is this: would you recommend that I pump to get what LO will probably take for those days or do you think I could get away with giving him cow's milk on those two days? My DH has given him cow's milk before (why I don't really know) and LO took it just fine. It's possible, too, that he might take less anyway -- he still nurses a lot when he is home with me, but if he is with others or out (even with me), he doesn't usually ask to nurse/have milk.
Also, on this one day I need to be away, it might be hard to pump (it isn't for work and I am not sure the facilities will be very conducive to pumping). Do you think I could go from about 9:30am-4:00pm without pumping? The longest I've gone before is about 5 hours during a work day--it was fine and I wasn't uncomfortable.